Jasper Winter Itinerary
Winter in the mountains is nothing short of magical. With so many amazing and unique activities, it’s not hard to see why Jasper’s chilliest season often delivers the warmest memories.
Hit the slopes at Marmot Basin
There are few joys in life more equally exhilarating and peaceful than gliding down a sparkling slope of fresh morning snow. And Jasper’s beloved local ski spot, Marmot Basin, boasts some of the best powder around. With the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas, the mountain averages over 400 cm of natural snow from November to May, treating skiers and snowboarders with superb conditions until the very last day of the season.
Prefer to explore flatter terrain? Join SunDog Tours or Walks & Talks Jasper on an enchanting winter snowshoe tour to discover some of Jasper’s most beautiful landscapes. If you feel like exploring on your own, rent a pair of cross-country skis at Edge Control and glide along one of the many groomed trails or rent a fat bike from the Bench Bike Shop and hit those frozen paths and ice-covered lakes!
Maligne Canyon Icewalk
See one of Jasper National Park’s most iconic natural attractions from a whole new perspective... by walking on the frozen riverbed at the bottom! Gaze at Maligne Canyon's limestone walls that tower beside you as a local guide leads you safely through the maze of fascinating ice sculptures and cave systems. Trade the crowds in summer for spectacular frozen waterfalls that stretch more than 30 meters up the canyon walls!
Hear the Indigenous stories of this land, feel the heartbeat of the drum or have a hands-on experience with a local Indigenous Knowledge Keeper. Warrior Women offers a truly unique and personal experience through the weekly Fireside Chat, which features intimate drumming and singing performances and learning legends through the eyes of the Cree.
What better way to venture deep into the heart of the Canadian Rockies than behind a team of enthusiastic and friendly Alaskan Huskies. Try one of Canada’s oldest transportation methods while seeing the sparkling and varied backcountry just outside of Jasper National Park. Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding has been leading their highly accessible tours since 1998, and their pooches are impossible not to love.
Did you know Jasper National Park is a mecca for ice climbing? Get a new perspective on the park and explore areas inaccessible to most visitors with this fun, safe, thrilling sport! Rockaboo Mountain Adventures makes the experience extra fun and extra safe; they provide all technical equipment, training, and transportation. To ensure an amazing climbing experience, guides choose the best place for the day according to current ice conditions.
Count shooting stars
Renowned for its breathtaking dark sky, Jasper is the perfect place to embrace the night – whether you want to stare into the mesmerizing milky way or watch an awe-inspiring aurora. Jasper’s dark sky is especially exceptional during the winter, so bundle up and watch it come alive! For those who find the cool winter night air a bit daunting, the stars aren’t off limits! Gather under the dome of the Jasper Planetarium instead! Explore the local constellations in comfort through the Jasper Planetarium’s heated 50-seat dome theatre.
Downtown Foodie Tour
Visit four local restaurants on this 1.5 kilometre downtown guided walk where you’ll taste carefully handpicked dishes each paired with an alcoholic beverage while listening to Jasper's top tales along the way. What's on the menu? Not telling. It's all part of the adventure!